Bigger set to be built for EastEnders

The Queen Vic Queen Vic is at the heart of the Albert Square set

EastEnders is planning to build a bigger and better set at its Elstree home.

The existing 30 year-old exterior Albert Square set, complete with the Queen Vic, market and cafe, will be rebuilt - subject to planning permission - on the same site.

It will look the same as it does now, but will be 20% bigger, with additional outdoor locations. This will allow for more ambitious storylines and new technology, while making it a more comfortable working environment for cast and crew.

A temporary set will be created at the Elstree studios in Hertfordshire so that filming for the BBC One soap can continue while the building work is carried out. Work on the new set is due to begin later this year and is expected to be ready in 2018.

Future development

'This is a really exciting project and firmly demonstrates the BBC's commitment to the future of EastEnders,' said Dominic Treadwell-Collins, the executive producer who is credited with leading something of a creative revival at the programme.

'We have ambitious plans for the show and the new exterior set will help bring those to life and better reflect the East End of London on screen for audiences.'

Kate Harwood, head of drama, England, said: 'The improvements and modernisation are vital to the growth and development of the show.'

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